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Streptosolen Genus

Firebush

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Humus-rich
  • WaterSemi-moist

Description

Streptosolen genus (Firebush). This genus consists of one species, with alternate simple leaves. The flowers are grown in clusters of brightly coloured, long-tubed, funnel-shaped flowers.

Characteristics

Evergreens, Shrubs

Origin

Peru

Interest and use

Grown for its flowers.

Cultivation

They are frost tender, min 7-10C and they are best grown in full sun with shelter from strong winds. You will need to grow in a light, well-drained soil that is enriched with organic matter. After flowering or in spring, remove flowered shoots and tie in new growths.

Propagation

You can propagate from softwood or semi-ripe cuttings in the summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Red spider mites.

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